This surname of PATTINSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Patrick'. The native home of the Clan Pheadirean was on the north side of Lochfyne, where they were formerly numerous. This was the name of a 5th century Romano-Britain who became the apostle of Ireland, and it was largely as a result of his fame that the given name was so popular in the Middle Ages. The name was first introduced in its Latin form PATRICIUS, meaning the son of a noble father, a member of the patrician class, and a member of the Roman hereditary-aristocracy. Surnames as we recognise them today are believed to have been introduced by the Normans after the Invasion of 1066. The first mention of such names appears in the Domesday Book and they were progressively adopted between the 11th and 15th centuries. It was the nobles and upper classes who first assumed a second name, setting them apart from the common people who continued to use only the single name given to them at birth. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that is became common practice to use a secondary name, originally a name reflecting the place of birth, a nickname, an occupational name or a baptismal name which had been passed on from a parent to the child, as an additional means of identification. Other records of the name mention William Patric, 1273 County Lincolnshire. Willelmus Patrik of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Patrickson, registered at Oxford University in the year 1566. John Patrick married Mary Ann Mills at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1793. The name is also spelt Patrickson. Later records of the name mention William Patrison and John Patonson 'gentillmen' who were witnesses in Aberdeen in 1446. Donald Patyrson was burgess of Aberdeen in 1446. The name was taken to Ireland by immigrants from Scotland in the 17th century, where they participated in the schemes for the plantation of that province. The associated arms are recorded in Burkes General Armory.
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